Nov 3, 2017

What You Need To Know About Radiofrequency-Assisted Liposuction

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By Chelsea Campbell

If you’ve ever set out to lose a considerable amount of weight through diet and exercise, you know that it is a slow and steady process. But in some cases, hitting the gym and eating well don’t always provide the kind of dramatic results we’re after. Body fat is a stubborn beast, and sometimes it takes a more serious approach to getting rid of it; namely, liposuction. Some people contemplate having the procedure, but many are uneasy about undergoing an invasive surgery that requires going under general anesthesia and takes weeks to recover from. Enter the future of fat removal: radio frequency-assisted liposuction.

What it Does
Radiofrequency-assisted liposuction (RFAL) is a more minimally invasive procedure that harnesses the power of the thermal energy field in order to remove fat and facilitate skin tightening. A small electric instrument inserted under the skin creates a high thermal energy field, allowing for both coagulation of fat and skin contractions, resulting in less body fat, a reduction in the appearance of cellulite, and tighter skin.

The Procedure
Radiofrequency-assisted liposuction is performed under local anesthesia or light sedation. The surgeon first makes a small incision and inserts a cannula, or thin tube, under the surface of the skin. This will serve to suction the coagulated fat from the body. Another small incision is made and a radio frequency transmitting electrode is inserted under the skin, followed by another electrode on top of the skin’s surface, which will both guide the radiofrequency waves while monitoring the temperature. Once turned on, the radio frequency waves are guided through the fatty tissue, upward to the surface electrode, and as the fat is liquefied, it is suctioned out of the body through the cannula. The radiofrequency waves also serve to stimulate collagen deep under the skin, resulting in skin appearing tighter and more toned.

Recovery time is dramatically different than traditional liposuction. Because it is such a minimally invasive procedure, it requires no hospital stay, and recovery time is only about one to two days, as opposed to the usual two to six week recovery of traditional liposuction. In fact, many RFAL patients return to work the next day!

Benefits of RFAL
One of the most exciting benefits of radiofrequency-assisted liposuction is the fact that it requires very small incisions, making recovery time significantly short, reducing pain, bruising, and swelling, and minimizing scars and risks of infection.  These smaller microcannulas used also mean that the chance of developing “lumps” under the skin’s surface, as sometimes the case with liposuction, is greatly reduced.

The precision of the radiofrequency waves means that this procedure can be done in many parts of the body, including the face in places like the neck, jowls, chin, and cheeks. It is also useful for arms, hips, inner and outer thighs, buttocks, abdomen, and even the knees. Unlike traditional liposuction, the added bonus of collagen stimulation means that not only is unwanted fat removed, but the skin is also toned and firmer looking, resulting in an even slimmer appearance.

Is It Right For Me?
Liposuction is generally reserved for candidates who are in good overall health, but who have areas of stubborn fat that do not respond to healthy changes in diet and exercise. This procedure is not considered a weight loss surgery, and severely overweight patients are not typically advised to receive liposuction. If you have tried multiple forms of exercise, have eaten a consistently healthy and well-balanced diet, and still do not see results in fat reduction, schedule a consultation with a board-certified surgeon who can determine if this innovative procedure is right for you.

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Keywords: fat loss, liposuction, radiofrequency-assisted liposuction, minimally invasive, cellulite, firm skin, minimal downtime, love handles, inner thigh fat, outer thigh fat, jowl fat, neck fat, inner arm fat, outer arm fat, hip fat

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